Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Another Fun Day with the Kiddies

My littlest kindergartners are currently learning several gender words, including "man" and "woman." Today we were learning the word "woman." To help the kids understand, I gave them the example "Stephanie-teacher is a woman." Amy and Cali responded with "Cate-teacher is a woman!" I was so proud of their quick understanding and application of the new term. Then Amy informed me, "Angel-teacher [the female Korean kindergarten teacher] is a man!"

Next I had the little ones do a small project. They had to draw eyes, mouths, and hair on a picture of a man and woman. Amy kept me diverted with a running commentary on her picture: "S-tep-anie, woman is mommy. Mommy has one baby. Is a BIG baby! Baby noisy and mommy and daddy is very sleepy! Baby is very very very very bad baby. Mommy is I'm crazy today!" Jay drew a big red circle around the eye of the woman in his picture and a huge circle on the forehead of the man and informed me, "Mommy eye-ouchie. Daddy pizza-head!"

In a later class, I asked the kids what they do after school. The answers ranged from a list of additional classes that they take (Korean kids do a TON of extra lessons in addition to their normal schooling), to such creative responses as "I hit my brother after school," "I make my mother crazy after school [driving parents crazy seemed to be a popular theme today!]," and "I feed my father after school. [I think she meant that she helps her mother fix dinner.]"

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